Management (Public Sector) FdA

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The public sector continues to be a major employer in the South West and it is regional policy to develop the management skills of those working within it. Developing advanced business management skills will significantly enhance your employment opportunities in a diverse range of companies operating in the region and nationally.



You will acquire the knowledge and skills to establish a career in management. In the second year you will specialise in either Public Sector or Business Management. The public sector encompasses regional and local government, uniformed services, health services and a range of governmental bodies. As this course covers areas such as law, sociology, psychology, finance and media, it is also suitable if you want to specialise in a particular field in the future.

This course is replacing our Foundation Degree in ‘Managing in the Public Sector Services’. It has been redesigned and developed in close collaboration with the regional development project for public service education and development, key employers and Plymouth University.


Length of study

You can study this course full-time over two years, attending college two days each week or part-time over four years. You can also study individual modules.


Course content

Likely areas of study are set out below.

Year 1, Level 4:

  • Research Methods
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Law and the Legal System
  • Financial Resources
  • Managing People
  • Professional Practice

Year 2, Level 5:

  • Independent Research Project
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Criminology and Public Safety
  • Society, Government and Politics
  • Media and Public Awareness

Elective Modules:

  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace, or
  • International Perspectives to Management


Enrichment opportunities

For careers in the uniformed services it is important to maintain good levels of health and fitness; you will have free membership to the College gym and fitness centre.

You will have opportunities to join UK trips for example: the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London. Our international ski trip provides opportunities to develop skills valued in many public sector careers such as team building, leadership and communication skills. Costs for trips are additional to course fees.


Ski tripEmployer support

  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary
  • Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • West Country Ambulance Trust
  • Royal Marines, Army
  • Somerset Emergency Planning Unit
  • Somerset Witness Support Service
  • Mendip District Council

Potential work placements at: Mendip District Council, Somerset Witness Support Service, Special Constabulary and the Territorial Army.



This course is assessed by coursework including a work placement. The awarding body is Plymouth University.



Programme Manager:

  • Deen Najubudeen LLM, LLB (Hons)

Module Leaders:

  • Andrew McIlvain BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Maurice Holdstock MA, Cert Ed, MIOSH, DMS, GIFE
  • Roger Selway BA (Hons)
  • Lauren Richards BSoc Sci (Cape Town), Cert Ed
  • Andrew Morter BA (Hons), PGCE


Entry requirements

At age 18, the usual entry requirement is 180 UCAS points. Typically you may have gained an Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above. However, experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. Please discuss this with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis by the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.

All applicants will have a personal interview. Please apply directly to Strode College. You can also apply via UCAS. See How to Apply for more information.



Progression onto the final year of a related degree at Plymouth University such as the BSc (Hons) Public Services or the BSc (Hons) Public Services (Police Studies) may be possible; please check with the Programme Manager. Management, Politics, Public Services and associated degrees are available at other universities.

Previous students have progressed to a variety of careers including the Police Force, the Royal Marines, private security and business ownership.


Tuition fee

Full-time fee £6,500 per year. See the Financial Support page for part-time fees.Trips and visits are not mandatory; additional costs will apply.

You may be eligible for a student loan, or your employer may wish to support you on this programme.


Hannah BrownStudent Profile: Hannah Brown

Managing in the Public Sector Services - Foundation Degree (now Management Foundation Degree)

“The Foundation Degree is the next step on from the Extended Diploma in Public Services that I gained at Strode. It has been a big jump; working more independently has improved my selfdiscipline and I have learnt to write more academically. I like it at Strode and I get on well with the teachers; they go the extra mile and there’s a lot of one-to-one support. The college has all the facilities I need and I also have access to material from Plymouth University.“

Future plans: To become a paramedic and stay in the local area.


Sam GriffithsStudent Profile: Sam Griffiths

Managing in the Public Sector Services - Foundation Degree (now Management Foundation Degree)

“I chose to study at Strode because of the teachers - they are passionate, willing to help and so enthusiastic. The course worked well as a progression after my Extended Diploma in Public Services; it has given me the skills and confidence I need to become a police officer. It’s fantastic being able to study an HE course close to home, which has obvious financial benefits, and the atmosphere here is great too. The classes are small and intimate, but you’re also able to experience university life at Plymouth.”

Future plans: Sam works part-time as a Special Constable and plans to join the Police Force when he completes the final year of his Degree at Plymouth University.


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